October 2009 Book Club Selection
Print/Braille edition, $6.99
In contracted braille
"Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings, such as moose (the animal) and mousse (the dessert)."
- from the "Note to the Reader"
While any early reader or writer can get tripped up by homophones, they can be especially tricky for young braille users who may have heard the words, but have never come across them in writing. In Dear Deer, author Gene Barretta uses homophones in simple, sometimes silly sentences, placing the same-sounding words into a context that clearly demonstrates their meaning and usage.
Clever Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo. Speaking in homophones, she describes the quirky animal behavior she sees. There's the MOOSE who loved MOUSSE and ATE EIGHT bowls, and the WHALE who was ALLOWED to WAIL ALOUD - and that's just for starters.
This playful book introduces children to the richness of language through the concept of homophones. After reading it, don't be surprised when kids start asking, "How's that spelled?"
A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection!
My precocious 5 year-year-old grandson, Evan, requested this book after he wrote to Santa Claus as Deer Santa. When his mother explained it should be Dear Santa, Evan answered, 'Well the letter is for the reindeer too!' This book given as a gift explained the difference not just of the dear/deer, but many other homophones as well. Evan really liked the book.
- Molly Nash Larson, Bartlesville OK
My children absolutely love Gene's latest creation. It was great to see their minds work to figure out the meaning of the homophones.
- Diane Kelly, Pittsburgh